Dismal U's booed off the park

COLCHESTER United served up a dismal Bank Holiday display, in the process handing relegation-haunted Brighton a League One lifeline.

Carl Marston

Colchester United 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

COLCHESTER United served up a dismal Bank Holiday display, in the process handing relegation-haunted Brighton a League One lifeline.

Lloyd Owusu popped up with the winner in the 57th minute, so securing a deserved three points for the Sussex visitors. The U's were simply awful.


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Burly striker Owusu, on loan from Cheltenham, rose high to head home a teasing free-kick from ex-U's loanee Gary Borrowdale. The ball fizzed past Dean Gerken from eight yards out.

There was still more than half-an-hour for the U's to mount a rally, but Paul Lambert's men never even threatened an equaliser. In fact, keeper Michel Kuipers did not have a save to make throughout the whole of the second period.

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Mark Yeates and Ashley Vincent both missed chances in the first half, but in truth Brighton were good value for this victory.

The final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos.

Squads

COLCHESTER UNITED: Gerken 7, White 6, BALDWIN 7 (sub Trotman, 55), Coyne 6, Lockwood 6, Izzet 6, Hammond 6, Wordsworth 5 (sub Wasiu, 69), Yeates 6, Vincent 5, Hackney 7. Unused subs: Maybury, Tierney, Cousins.

BRIGHTON: Kuipers 7, Whing 7, Elphick 7, Virgo 7, Borrowdale 7, Loft 6 (sub El-Abd, 86), COX 8, Dicker 7, Fraser 7, Hart 7 (sub Andrew, 70), Owusu 7 (sub Davies, 72). Unused subs: McLeod, Hawkins.

Referee: Mr R Booth (Nottinghamshire) 7

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